Nov 18, 2012 3:30pm PST
with israel i'ming high. hamas wants israel to stop killing its leaders to end the blockade to gaza, but people are both sides of the border are living in fear. >>> president obama made his first public comments about the crisis today while overseas on a historic three-nation tour of southeast asia, including the first-ever visit by an american president to myian mar. chuck todd is traveling with the president. >> reporter: the president touched down at bangkok on sunday on a three-day whirlwind trip to east asia. he used a joint press congress fence with the prime minister of thailand to strongly support israel's right to defend lisits. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside it's borders. we fully support israel's right to defend itself. >> reporter: the president issues a plea to allies of the palestinians playing on their hope that including a palestinian state next to israel. >> if we see a further escalation of the strikes on gaza, then the likelihood of getting back on any kind of a peace track that leads to any ki
Nov 18, 2012 3:00pm PST
this conflict. because we look back on the last four years, and the indifference, if you will, of the obama administration to what's happening on the west bank in gaza. and is i think we are -- there will there be pressure from jipts, there will be pressure from turkey, there will be pressure from qatar, the three countries most sympathetic to ham hamas. there will be pressure to produce some kind of settlement. >> let's bring in cnn contributorses, will cain, elzy granderson. elzy, you're first. is president obama being indifferent? does the white house need to do more? >> i don't understand how someone can consider the white house being indifferent when this administration has given more money to israel than any other administration before it. i don't understand how you can consider this president to be indifferent when it's because of the president they had the technology and military equipment necessary to protect themselves from the bombs coming into the country. i don't want to see us go to another war. i know quite a few americans feel the same way. and i talked to some sources in d.